5/10 Stock Track – How did the market react to WWE’s financial day?

By James Caldwell, PWTorch assistant editor


WWE Stock Track 2016
Week 18 – May 9-13

Tuesday, May 10: It was an interesting financial day for WWE reporting First Quarter 2016 earnings.

The end result was a closing price of $17.43 per share, up two percent from Monday. It’s a sign of investor confidence since recent quarters have resulted in big sell-offs indicating that investors were not confident in WWE’s business outlook.

WWE wanted more, though. The stock climbed as high as $18.25 and traded in the $18s for most of the afternoon before falling off in the final two hours to finish at $17.43.

It was a disappointing finish for WWE, which was looking at 5-7 percent growth for most of the day until settling for two percent.

The investment community was bullish on WWE after the financial report, looking at Q1-2016 having a solid quarter against Q1-2015, which included WrestleMania business. Investors also looked ahead to what should be a favorable Q2-2016 when this year’s WrestleMania business is reported.

There still seems to be concern about WWE Network growth despite financial executive George Barrios’s bullish outlook during the quarterly conference call. WWE is predicting 1.5 million average paid subscribers when they report Q2, which would represent a significant increase from rounded 1.3 million in Q1.

Monday, May 9: Closing Price of $17.06 per share, down half-a-percent from $17.13 last Friday.

The stock fell as low as $16.80 per share during the morning trading session. After lunch, the stock climbed back to $17.20 before settling at $17.06 heading into Tuesday’s First Quarter financial results.


  • 2016 Open: $17.44 per share
  • Latest Close: $17.43 per share (5/10)
  • Current 52-Week Range: $13.15-23.63
  • 2016 High Points: $18.93 (3/17), $18.86 (4/4), $18.42 (1/26)
  • 2016 Low Points: $14.20 (2/11); $15.55 (4/12)
  • 2016 Initial Market Value: $1.34 billion
  • Current Market Value: $1.30 billion (5/9)
  • 2016 Market Value Low Point: $1.11 billion (Week of 2/8)
  • 2016 Market Value High Point: $1.39 billion (Week of 3/28)
  • Feb. 11: Financial Day #1 Milemarker (Q4 & 2015 Year-End): $14.94 closing price (down 5.1%)
  • May 10: Financial Day #2 Milemarker (First Quarter 2016): $17.43 closing price (up 2.2%)

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